slath·​er | \ ˈsla-t͟hər How to pronounce slather (audio) \

Definition of slather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a great quantity often used in plural


slathered; slathering\ ˈsla-​t͟hə-​riŋ How to pronounce slather (audio) , ˈslat͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of slather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use or spend in a wasteful or lavish manner : squander
2a : to spread thickly or lavishly slathered sunscreen on her skin
b : to spread something thickly or lavishly on slathered her skin with sunscreen

Examples of slather in a Sentence

Verb We ate lobster slathered with butter.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, a detached slather of acrylic paint hangs directly on the wall. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Lock in the nutrients and slather on the IT Cosmetics Confidence-in-a-Cream Anti-Aging Moisturizer before bed to keep fine lines at bay. Brittany Vincent, SELF, 13 Mar. 2022 Or brie, prosciutto and a slather of honey on a crostini. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 25 June 2021 Where would a hot dog be without that ubiquitous squirt of ketchup or a ham sandwich without a slather of mayonnaise? Tribune News Service, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2021 The waffles get a drizzle of pure maple syrup on top and a slather of maple butter inside. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2021 Enjoy the biscuits warm, with a slather of butter, served alongside some eggs or, for the ultimate leftover treat, break open a biscuit to build a slider-sized, but also superior, turkey sandwich. Grant Melton, Bon Appétit, 27 Nov. 2020 The roll has a rival for my affection: slices of brioche, stacked Once Upon a Mattress-style on a plate with a rich slather of chicken liver pâté and precise dots of apricot jam. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 Fortunately, a healthy slather of mayonnaise and mustard, plus a generous covering of American cheese, help balance things out. Nick Kindelsperger,, 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Be sure to slather it on every morning as the last step in your skincare routine following your moisturizer. Alex Warner,, 25 Apr. 2022 And of course, slather your face in moisturizer afterwards. ELLE, 22 Apr. 2022 So this is not the time to slather yourself in yogurt or apple cider vinegar (which may just irritate or dry out your skin further). Rachel Nall, Msn, SELF, 13 Apr. 2022 Calvin Ridley gambles on games and gets a one-year suspension from the NFL hypocrites, who now greedily slather their rich Shield butter all over sports books. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 Note, however, that sun exposure is more direct at this altitude, so make sure to slather on the SPF! Molly Hanson, Outside Online, 25 Jan. 2022 For a special treat, slather your mincemeat in some aspic. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 2021 To encourage their kids to apply it, moms would slather it on their own faces alongside them. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 This Cyber Monday, save a whopping $53 on both and slather it on during the colder months for healthier, softer skin. Sarah Han, Allure, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of slather


1843, in the meaning defined above


1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slather


origin unknown

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“Slather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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